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    Any way to format /system w/out ADB?

    Did a search and couldn't find a simple answer. Asking with the idea of flashing blackdroid's new rom ,coming from droidmod 1.0. Some are suggesting a wipe of. /system since I'm going from a 2.0.1 rom to a 2.1 rom. I'm mobile right now with no access to my laptop/adb.
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    I knew this question would surface once I saw blackdroid's instructions in his thread....

    And the answer is no...unless there is some way I've never heard of. But I'm 99.999999% sure that ADB is the only way...

    *unless* your phone didn't screw up enough to do this in a terminal emulator? I actually *just* thought of doing this as I was typing lol

    Try typing

    format SYSTEM:

    And see what happens lol

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    Do you have SPRecovery installed? All that's needed when going to 2.1 is to do a clean/complete wipe from SPRecovery. The ROM chef should have that on his first page... If they don't I would personally question using their ROM. But here's the instructions (courtesy of Pete)

    Nandroid Backup Installation Instructions:
    -Update & backup any files you wish to restore, this will wipe /data
    -Extract the files from the archive using WinRAR or a similar program
    -Place the extracted folder (the ROM) into the "nandroid" folder on your sdcard
    -Reboot into recovery mode (hold the power and "x" button at the same time)
    -Wipe data/factory reset (do this twice!)
    -Wipe cache partition (do this twice!)
    -Backup/Restore
    -Advanced Nandroid Restore
    -Choose backup (select the ROM)
    -Perform Restore
    -Enjoy!

    Edit: If you're flashing ROMs w/o SPRecovery you are asking for trouble...
    You are right to be wary. There is much bullcrap. Be wary of me too, because I may be wrong. Make up your own mind after you evaluate all the evidence and the logic. - Mark Rippetoe
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    Red face format /system

    Quote Originally Posted by natediddy1120 View Post
    I knew this question would surface once I saw blackdroid's instructions in his thread....

    And the answer is no...unless there is some way I've never heard of. But I'm 99.999999% sure that ADB is the only way...

    *unless* your phone didn't screw up enough to do this in a terminal emulator? I actually *just* thought of doing this as I was typing lol

    Try typing

    format SYSTEM:

    And see what happens lol

    Haha, not sure I like the idea of using the terms "format" and "see what happens" in the same sentence...
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    Quote Originally Posted by KZIWarrior View Post
    Do you have SPRecovery installed? All that's needed when going to 2.1 is to do a clean/complete wipe from SPRecovery. The ROM chef should have that on his first page... If they don't I would personally question using their ROM. But here's the instructions (courtesy of Pete)

    Nandroid Backup Installation Instructions:
    -Update & backup any files you wish to restore, this will wipe /data
    -Extract the files from the archive using WinRAR or a similar program
    -Place the extracted folder (the ROM) into the "nandroid" folder on your sdcard
    -Reboot into recovery mode (hold the power and "x" button at the same time)
    -Wipe data/factory reset (do this twice!)
    -Wipe cache partition (do this twice!)
    -Backup/Restore
    -Advanced Nandroid Restore
    -Choose backup (select the ROM)
    -Perform Restore
    -Enjoy!

    Edit: If you're flashing ROMs w/o SPRecovery you are asking for trouble...
    yeah but he is asking about a SYSTEM wipe which sprecovery does not do. with that said i don't know if it really makes a difference or maybe sprecovery actually does it and doesn't list it. i cannot say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbernard703 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by KZIWarrior View Post
    Do you have SPRecovery installed? All that's needed when going to 2.1 is to do a clean/complete wipe from SPRecovery. The ROM chef should have that on his first page... If they don't I would personally question using their ROM. But here's the instructions (courtesy of Pete)

    Nandroid Backup Installation Instructions:
    -Update & backup any files you wish to restore, this will wipe /data
    -Extract the files from the archive using WinRAR or a similar program
    -Place the extracted folder (the ROM) into the "nandroid" folder on your sdcard
    -Reboot into recovery mode (hold the power and "x" button at the same time)
    -Wipe data/factory reset (do this twice!)
    -Wipe cache partition (do this twice!)
    -Backup/Restore
    -Advanced Nandroid Restore
    -Choose backup (select the ROM)
    -Perform Restore
    -Enjoy!

    Edit: If you're flashing ROMs w/o SPRecovery you are asking for trouble...
    yeah but he is asking about a SYSTEM wipe which sprecovery does not do. with that said i don't know if it really makes a difference or maybe sprecovery actually does it and doesn't list it. i cannot say.
    No sprecovery doesn't wipe system.
    There is no software that does.
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    Sometimes SPRecovery DOES wipe /system, I promise

    It does for a fact while its installing rom.tgz ROMs

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    Quote Originally Posted by natediddy1120 View Post
    Sometimes SPRecovery DOES wipe /system, I promise

    It does for a fact while its installing rom.tgz ROMs
    That's not sprecovery doing it, that's the script inside the .tgz.
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    try it anyway?

    I know all about nandroid/sprecovery. Just wondering if I should go ahead with the flash and forgo the /system wipe. Anyone know why this is being suggested? Any dangers in trying it without the wipe?
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    No danger it doing it without the system wipe.
    Only reason to do a system wipe before a push is so that files that aren't a part of the new rom get cleared out.
    My guess is he's thinking there's some libraries or something not being replaced so this will clear them.
    I personally don't see much of an effect other than freeing up a small amount of system memory.
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